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post #81 of 90
I probably would not have an intentional vaginal breech birth because if I knew that ds was breech, I would get the Webster technique done. When done properly, it pretty much always works unless there is a physical reason preventing the baby from turning. In which case, I would probalby rather have a c-section. In general, vaginal breech birth is safe if left hands off. There are some additional risks but the risks are still low. Still, my last ds was breech at 38 and 39 weeks. Webster worked and I'm glad. Ds was born with a HUGE head and bizarrely thin body (shoulders, butt, etc). He was (and is) like a bobble head doll, lol. It took a really really long time to not only labor but also push his head out.
post #82 of 90
I would definitely stay home if baby was breech. The current research shows that there is no difference in outcome between a vaginal breech birth with a trained attendant and a c/s for breech (not counting the risks already associated with a c/s!) The problem with attempting a vaginal breech birth in a hospital is that most OBs today don't have any training with vaginal breech deliveries. So in my book it's either vaginal breech at home or go to the hospital for a c/s. I wouldn't trust an untrained OB not to freak out and try to pull the baby out.
post #83 of 90
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Originally Posted by TrishWSU View Post
I wouldn't trust an untrained OB not to freak out and try to pull the baby out.
Or in my friends case, push a halfway out frank breech back up and then send her for and emergency csection!
post #84 of 90
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Originally Posted by RachaelsMommy View Post
I am going to do everything in my power to ensure optimal positioning, but if the baby is breech anyway then I still want to deliver at home. If I was at a hospital, I think I'd rather have a c/s since doctors here don't know anything about delivering breech babies.
What can you do to ensure optimal positioning? I currently go to the chiro regularly and I've heard that helps, anything else?

And I agree, breech at home (which is what I would do) or c/s at hospital. Most docs just don't know how to deliver a breech.
post #85 of 90
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Originally Posted by HippieHugger View Post
Or in my friends case, push a halfway out frank breech back up and then send her for and emergency csection!
That scares me too! I know (well, internet know-she's another surrogate) a woman who delivered twins-baby A was head down and baby B was frank breech. after baby A was born the doctor reached in and pulled baby B out by his feet, resulting in not only a lot of damage to her perineum but the baby had a broken femur! Um, she had just delivered one baby head first, I'm pretty sure she could have gotten the second one out butt first just fine. I was totally appalled when I read her birth story.

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Originally Posted by notyetamommy View Post
What can you do to ensure optimal positioning? I currently go to the chiro regularly and I've heard that helps, anything else?
www.spinningbabies.com has great info about positioning.
post #86 of 90
I'm another who would stay home for a breech vaginal birth. I would likely to change my plans to UC and make sure that my midwife is there for hands on if needed.
post #87 of 90
With an experienced care provider and a frank breech presentation I'd be way more comfortable staying home. If the baby was footling breech, I'm not sure what I'd do.
Of course, I'd be trying everything I could to get that baby to turn head down first as well.
post #88 of 90
i'm not sure what i'd do if this one stays breech (he was still breech as of last week). i'd like a hands off breech birth at home with my midwife. dh is on board with whatever i choose. i think it'd come down to me deciding a few weeks before labor, and the vibe i get about my birth. the vibe i have right now is that my baby knows how he needs to be born. i want to encourage him to turn, but we still have a little more time before i think i need to do that.
post #89 of 90
I have no idea if my babe is breech or not. I have had no U/S. But it FEELS like the baby is breech. The only kicks I feel are ON my cervix and slightly higher. I have been reading the spinningbabies.com site to see what and when I should start doing something.

It makes me nervous. I have mixed feelings on doing a breech home delivery. I am not sure what I would do.

At just 22 weeks, could my midwife tell if the baby is breech just from feeling? I can not tell anything when I feel my uterus. But then again, I am not trained.
post #90 of 90
A trained midwife can generally tell which position a baby is in as soon as she can begin to feel specific body parts, its possible by 22 weeks depending on how the baby is positioned in the womb.
I would not wory at all about baby positioning for a while yet. There is still lots of room at this point for babys to move around, and they do as a way to excersize.
I think its sometime around 35 weeks that it starts getting more concerning (that is totally off the top of my head). I have a friend who is pregnant and due very soon. At 37 weeks she started regularly having the webster technique done. It took about a week and a half, but the baby finally turned yesterday. Once they are head down that late in the journey, they are unlikely to turn again.
I think just as importanat as baby being head down is being in the right position front to back, but no one mentiones that. To encourage that one lean forward a lot and never sit for a long time leaning back. Again, more important later than now, but I've been working on developing sitting forward as a habbit now so its easier later.
If you are worried about your baby's position, ask your midwife both what position baby is in and if you need to wory about it or at what point it becomes a concern if baby is not in the correct position.
I do know babys can turn on thier own at almost any point up to birth, so again, I wouldn't wory now
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